Ever since the MakerBot Replicator Z18 was announced at the International CES show, you knew you wanted to get your hands on it. Now you can: MakerBot is now shipping their largest 3D printer. The printer uses XXL filament spools and can print objects up to 18″ high and 12″ wide and deep. It comes with a large 3.5″ internal LCD screen and connects to your design platform of choice through USB, Wi-Fi, or wired Ethernet. There are also MakerBot Desktop and Mobile apps. The printer itself prints with thin 100 micron layers in high resolution. The company says it’s so precise that the printed objects don’t require sanding. It also has an onboard camera for remote monitoring of your print.
At $6499, MakerBot hopes the Z18 comes in at a disruptive price point. Like I said earlier, you can buy your own right now.
MakerBot Believes the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer to Be the Most Disruptive in the Industry Based on Price and Build Volume
June 16, 2014 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s here! The highly anticipated new MakerBot® Replicator® Z18 3D Printer, with its massive build volume and the best price/performance in the extra-large professional 3D printer category, is now shipping. Customers who preordered the MakerBot Replicator Z18 a few months ago will start receiving notification that their 3D printer has shipped and arrange for delivery. Orders placed today will have an approximate six- to eight-week lead-time, as products are shipped based on date of order. Also available for shipping are the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 and the MakerBot Filament Case, designed specifically to hold the larger-sized 3D printer and XXL filament spools.
“The MakerBot Replicator Z18 was named for its large z-axis that produces 3D prints up to 18 inches in height. This is a massive scale for a 3D printer and comparable to 3D printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars more”
MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, originally announced the MakerBot Replicator Z18 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, and immediately gained recognition from the industry and the media for introducing what MakerBot believes to be one of the most anticipated disruptive products of the year. Mashable named the MakerBot Replicator Z18 among the Best Tech of CES 2014, and MakerBot is very excited to offer professionals experienced in 3D printing the capability to 3D print large-scale models using a MakerBot Replicator Z18.
“The MakerBot Replicator Z18 was named for its large z-axis that produces 3D prints up to 18 inches in height. This is a massive scale for a 3D printer and comparable to 3D printers that cost tens of thousands of dollars more,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We believe that the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is going to disrupt the industry in that it enables 3D printing of large-scale and complex prototypes and models that were previously out of range for the creative community, many of whom include super-users of 3D printing, the engineers, architects and educators. We are really excited to see what our customers will 3D print with it.”
Key benefits of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer:
- A massive build volume of 30.5 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm (12.0 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in) that enables 3D printing of extra-large and ultra-tall industrial prototypes, models and products and to print multiple models at once
- Priced at $6,499 (USD), the MakerBot Replicator Z18 offers the best price/performance in the professional 3D printer category
- The new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder is easy to swap or replace; detects filament absence and automatically pauses a print; and send notifications to the MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile apps (notifications coming soon)
- The enclosed and heated build chamber is designed for printing large models with minimal curling
- The 3.5-inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dial create a rich user experience
- The on-board camera enables print monitoring and easy sharing to MakerBot Thingiverse® and social networks
- On-board utilities help you set up and maintain your printer
- The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is app and cloud enabled
- USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity ensures a seamless production workflow
- Use of MakerBot PLA Filament
- Paper-thin 100-micron layer resolution creating professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and complex models; smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that don’t need sanding, finishing or postproduction
- The free MakerBot Desktop app allows storage and organization of 3D design files in a personalized cloud library to find, buy, prepare, preview and share files from one central location
- The free MakerBot Mobile app enables remote monitoring via the on-board camera feed and sends notifications and alerts
- The MakerBot MakerCare Protection Plan provides the highest level of support from the people who know your MakerBot product best
- The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is available at makerbot.com/z18 or through MakerBot’s network of distributors and resellers
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer will begin shipping to preorder customers today; customers who order today will receive their MakerBot Replicator Z18 in six to eight weeks. To learn more about the MakerBot Replicator Z18, visit makerbot.com.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, Stratasys’ expectation on the expected performance and timing of shipping of the MakerBot Replicator Z18, the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 and the MakerBot Filament Case, are forward-looking statements reflecting management’s current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys’ business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that consumers will not benefit from the MakerBot Replicator Z18 as management expects; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will delay the shipping of the MakerBot Replicator Z18, the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18, and/or the MakerBot Filament Case; the risk that the performance of the MakerBot Replicator Z18, the MakerBot Cart for the MakerBot Replicator Z18, and/or the MakerBot Filament Case will not be as management expects and other risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys’ most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 3, 2014. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.